On August 3-4, I attended the Mississippi State University Library eResource & Emerging Technologies Summit (LEETS) held at the Mitchell Memorial Library at MSU in Starkville, MS. The conference, divided into two days with eResources topics and discussion on the first day, followed by emerging technologies topics and presentations on the second day.
The first day’s presentations examined topics from demand-driven acquisition to developing an institutional repository to ensuring access to subscribed e-content. The day began with a keynote address by Tim Collins, president/CEO of EBSCO Publishing, who provided a unique look at upcoming eResources products and price structuring. He discussed that pricing will be more closely targeted to efficiently respond to libraries’ use of electronic resources
Another highlight from the first day of the conference was a presentation given by Regina Reynolds, Director of U.S. ISSN Center, and Head, ISSN Publisher Liaison Section, Library of Congress, as she shared the work of the PIE-J (Presentation & Identification of E-Journals) working group. She talked about efforts being aimed at more efficiently and more effectively indexing and labeling e-journal content, thereby making it both more discoverable and easier to use.
The second day provided equally timely and relevant presentations. Emerging technologies topics included: librarian’s roles in social media, cloud computing, making digital video accessible, augmented reality, app development, and of course a review of apps for librarians. Because I always appreciate a thorough, yet manageable, review of various emerging technologies and products, a few of my favorite presentations were presented as such
First, Rachel Renick, Public Services Librarian at Millsaps College, gave an outstanding review of a handful of free, easy-to-use mobile app development tools. She recommended the following tools in her presentation,: Conduit, Appsbar, Appcelerator, & Tiggzi. If you’ve been thinking about creating your own mobile app, give these tools a look
Nicole Hennig, Head of the User Experience Group at MIT Libraries presented ‘Apps4Librarians’, session modeled after applications she and her staff recommend to faculty and students seeking to enhance productivity, and stay more organized. The presentation and discussion were aimed at effective use of mobile technologies and how their placement within the education setting is appropriate and valuable. More than 50 suggested apps were discussed—among them ones for note-taking, presenting, cloud computing, and library research. The presentation concluded with tips on how to keep up with the latest apps.
More information about the 2012 MSU LEETS conference, including recorded presentations can be found at: http://blogs.library.msstate.edu/msuleets/?page_id=1223
For more information, please contact Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies/Evaluation Coordinator @ firstname.lastname@example.org.